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Antec kicks off range of Mini-ITX chassis with ISK 300-65

by Parm Mann on 28 May 2009, 15:45

Tags: ISK 300-65, Antec

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The Mini-ITX form factor has always held a lot of promise, but it hasn't quite taken off and we're yet to see a barrage of mini PCs in the living room. According to chassis-specialist Antec, however, Mini-ITX is the next big thing and it's preparing itself for a mini future by launching an entire line of enclosures designed for Mini-ITX boards.

The line, dubbed the ISK Series, hopes to "combine exceptional performance with quiet features for small form factor systems" and gets underway with the launch of the ISK 300-65 - a chassis that Antec refers to as "an epic case of mini proportions".

Antec's ISK 300-65, pictured above, features a 0.8mm cold-rolled steel frame and measures just 96mm x 222mm x 328mm. It'll ship with a 65 watt power adaptor, and is cooled by a single 80mm side-mounted TriCool fan that supports three speed modes.

Up front, there's a pair of USB ports, eSATA, audio ports and power and reset buttons. Despite its size, there's also a flip-down panel that provides access to a slim 5.25in optical drive bay.

Inside, there isn't a whole lot of room to work with - no surprises there - but Antec has found room for two 2.5in drive bays, in addition to the slim 5.25in bay, and there's also a single half-height expansion slot - essential for installing a TV tuner.

We reckon we need to see more Mini-ITX chassis, and Antec's ISK 300-65 isn't a bad starting point for the ISK Series. Granted, it isn't as good looking as LUXA2's $300 LM100, but then it is a whole lot cheaper, too. Antec will be pricing the ISK 300-65 at around $89, and it'll be backed by a three-year limited warranty.

Official press release: Antec Launches New Mini-ITX Form Factor Case: ISK 300-65



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Fantastic price (in dollars anyway), sounds like a really good deal tbh. Not sure about 80mm tri-cools for noise and 65w seems a little low for some of the ITX systems that I would have planned but they would need a bigger cose like the Silverstone offering so… very nice for what it is :)
Very tempting; Antec MAKE A WHITE ONE PLEASE! Or at least, silver!
staffsMike
Fantastic price (in dollars anyway), sounds like a really good deal tbh. Not sure about 80mm tri-cools for noise and 65w seems a little low for some of the ITX systems that I would have planned but they would need a bigger cose like the Silverstone offering so… very nice for what it is :)


I've just installed a zotac 9300 and e5200 in a cubit case I had laying around. With a 2.5" hard disc but no dvd drive yet it seems to be consuming 30-38w at the wall.

I think if you are not too greedy in your choose of processor a good quality 65w power supply should be more than enough.
Looks like quite a case. Good to know Antec are joining the mITX cause, with them, Silverstone and Lian Li building cases hopefully the big boys like Asus and Gigabyte will start taking notice and release some motherboards. The Zotac one i have is nice, but they've screwed a few things up with it. A bios update that kills boards, only 2 SATA ports, no case fan control and no wake from USB, far from perfect really…
I'm interested!

If the price ends up even a little less than the straight $/£ conversion, should be good. My biggest concern would be noise and heat. Maybe the 65w power supply is a hint about what expectations you should have on what you can get in it :mrgreen:

Having said that, presumably a 65w supply will be an external brick? If so, I think the 90-100w (ish) pico-psu bricks have a fan inside. If keeping it at the 65w level means no fan in the power supply, I'm onboard.

I've been looking into a HTPC for some time, but it all still seems a fair bit from mainstream, especially at this size. Hopefully this is the start of things to come.